Katie Hannon’s most striking feature is her quietly resolute air, encouraging callers to share their stories, good or bad. Photograph: RTÉ

If versatility is the mark of a good broadcaster, then Katie Hannon is up there with the best of them. Helming current affairs shows such as the Late (...)

The Hard Shoulder: Kieran Cuddihy’s Newstalk show sometimes plumps for spice rather than sustenance

As host of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekdays) Kieran Cuddihy is used to dealing with all manner of unpalatable subjects. Even so, one item on(...)

Ray D’Arcy’s formula gels; if not chicken soup for the soul, then at least Cup-a-Soup for the tired mind. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/ RTÉ

Kicking off the first show of an already traumatic new year, Ray D’Arcy strikes a disconcertingly sanguine note. As he admits on Monday’s programme (T(...)

It’s not a good look when a high-profile broadcaster like Ray D’Arcy can’t be bothered to hide his lethargy as he does his well-remunerated job

Just when you thought this year couldn’t get any worse, along comes the first news bulletin of the week. “Pull the duvet back up,” says Audrey Carvill(...)

Ray D’Arcy: monologue a mesmerisingly pointless exercise in solipsistic navel gazing. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

As one of RTÉ’s biggest stars contemplates retirement after three decades in broadcasting, there’s no hiding the trepidation in his voice at the prosp(...)

Ray D’Arcy’s interview with Mary O’Rourke brought a light touch to  a tense week

The movement of people is restricted, the gardaí are shutting off streets, while confusion and scepticism grow about official measures. Never mind the(...)

Senator Catherine Noone: her comments this week were a talking point on the Ray D’Arcy Show. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

If you’re explaining, you’re losing, according to the old political adage. To which one could add the corollary: if you’re being discussed on an after(...)

Ivan Yates: ‘It’s a national sport in Ireland to be a begrudger.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No-one could accuse Ivan Yates of being shy and retiring. The presenter of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekdays) has never been short of self-confide(...)

Shane Coleman has a considerably more successful week at Westminster than the British prime minister, Boris Johnson

As Britain once again implodes into political chaos, Irish listeners must be starting to think that Sisyphus had it easy, so tortuously and fruitlessl(...)

  Liveline host Joe Duffy’s investigative skills make for interesting listening

Has Joe Duffy ever considered becoming a private detective? This isn’t meant as a sly hint, à la managers suggesting employees seek new opportunities (...)

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